Questions tagged [quants]

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Is R being replaced by Python at quant desks?

I know the title sounds a little extreme but I wonder whether R is phased out by a lot of quant desks at sell side banks as well as hedge funds in favor of Python. I get the impression that with ...
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What is the necessary level of Econometrics-Know-How for a quant

It seems quants increasingly use econometric models at work. As someone who has sold his soul to probability theory and stochastical analysis I would like to catch up. What are the econometric tools ...
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What is a Quant

In the interest of having "canonical questions" on this site ... What is a Quant?
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What benefits are there to employing agile software development methodologies for quants?

Perusing the other SE network sites, particularly Programmers, I often find vigorous support for various agile software development methodologies, particularly the various values known as Extreme ...
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Free or Relatively Less Pricey Quant Finance courses online

I am trying to figure out what all online Quant Finance courses are out there which are free or relatively less pricey? CQF is not less pricey Financial Engineering course on Coursera - Not so great ...
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Why Lie groups, differential geometry and string theory relate to MF?

I'm reading Peter Carr's "A Practitioner’s Guide to Mathematical Finance". When talking about the math used in mathematical finance, he mentions Lie groups, differential geometry, string theory. Can ...
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The future language of quant programming? [closed]

Im just about to begin the programming aspect of my education towards being a Quant. I know what languages are currently being used and how popular they are. However, I have several good friends ...
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Financial Products Markup Language

I am asked to map financial products into XML. It can be in any format. I know there is an open specification FPML. Is that worth to adopt FPML rather than my own standards? Also, how common FPML is ...
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Kalman Filter Equity Example

I am looking out for some material where I can study about Kalman Filter applied to Equity using Excel or R?
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First principles in Finance

Every so often I hear people referring to the term "first principles". It seems to me that this term does not necessarily have a universally accepted connotation in Finance. Here is the general ...
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Covariance between two stocks in a two-factor model

I am studying the Arbitrage Pricing Theory using Pairs Trading: Quantitative Methods and Analysis.In page 44 the author gives an example on how to calculate the covariance between two stocks. I will ...
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Quantitative Finance Interview: Brainteaser Question/Birthday Problem

I'm reading an interview book called A Practical Guide to Quantitative Finance Interview by Xinfeng Zhou and I cannot make sense of the solution provided by the book, so I really appreciate your ...
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Understanding Cover's Universal Portfolio Algorithm

I am trying to implement the Universal Portfolio algorithm strategy inspired by the paper by Professor Cover from Stanford. At the moment I am trying to understand the underlying logic of the ...
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How to build a cross currency swap pricer?

We're looking to build a pricer to convert a funding spread in a given currency over a specific funding basis e.g. 20 bps EUR 3m€ and convert it to a funding spread to a different currency with a ...
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What on earth is an Alpha Model in the quantative investment process?

I am confused with the useage of the concept "Alpha Model" in quantative investment. According to Qian, Hua & Sorensen (2007), the first thing in the toolbox of quantative investment process is "...
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Stochastic Differential equation: CAPM

Let $R=(R_1, \dots ,R_M)$′ denote a vector of excess returns of M assets observed at $n$ time points, $0<t_1<t_2< \cdots <t_n<T$, within a time span $T>0$. We wish to explain the ...
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Why are there so few published research papers that apply Deep Learning to Algorithmic Trading?

The only related papers I can find are: Financial Trading as a Game: A Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach (2018) Deep Neural Networks in High Frequency Trading (2018) MACHINE LEARNING FOR TRADING (...
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What are the advantages of financial modelling in R? [closed]

Recently I've found out that quantitative department in my company uses mostly R software for modeling in general. What is the advantage of modeling financial data in R instead of Excel, or some ...
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What qualifications do the traders have that quants don't?

What qualifications do the traders have that quants don't? I know that they are not expected to know as much math, but that can't be it, can it? (I'm not in finance, nor am I really planning to go ...
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Are questions in Joshi's book really asked at Quant interviews? [closed]

I am reading some questions in Joshi's book on Quant Job Interview Questions, and am perplexed at some of the questions in the book. Some of them are extremely easy (like, "explain the Black Scholes ...
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Long term career trajectories of quants [closed]

Every year a place like Goldman Sachs hires dozens of new strategists (quants) and the same can be said about many other firms. Some of those quants become managing directors and are set for life. But ...
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Portfolio Management in R

I’ve been looking around for a R-package that will allow me to track my stock portfolio - basically I would like to enter stocks that I own, track the trades I make, calculate my open position & ...
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Labeling and excluding specific market conditions

I'm going through "Advances in Financial ML" book and got stuck with something which is not covered there (correct me if I'm wrong). Let's assume I labeled data to 0, 1, 2 according to triple barrier ...
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Flexible horizon in Triple Barrier Method

I'm going through "Advances in Financial ML" book and I really like the ideas behind Triple Barrier Method and using a flexible horizontal threshold based on volatility. What bothers me is that an ...
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Calculating required funds on Futures trades

I'm coding in python a backtester for trading the Futures markets (equity futures, precious metals, bond futures, etc..). When I open a position long or short, I need to deduct an appropriate amount ...
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Adjusting company financials for acquisitions/divestitures

is there a market standard that people refer to for accounting for changes to financial period comparisons (e.g. year-over-year revenue metrics) when the company makes acquisitions or divestitures? ...
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QuantLib XL Swap Valuation Fixing Dates

I want to rate IRS Swaps on an specific Valuation Date using QuantLibXL. Everything works fine besides the last Index Fixing before the Val Date. After using SwapLegAnalysis I saw that the Index ...
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Statistical methods to compare two financial series data

I have two financial series data, x and x', where x' was formed form ...
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Quantitative Finance education/skills [closed]

What is currently most desired in candidates by employers in quantitative finance/algorithmic trading? Strong quantitative academic background, for example, MSc/PhD in Physics, Engineering, ...
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Derivative and Credit Risk Modelling

I am looking at acquiring a system to help with multi-instrument modelling. Across the spectrum Equity/FI/Swap/Repo/CDS/FxSwap/Forward/Future/etc for vanilla and more complex derivatives. The modeling ...
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Getting Into Quant Field without Phd or Masters [closed]

I was wondering it is possible to get into a quant role without a masters or a PhD. And if so, what are the steps to do so? The only resources I've really been able to find speaking to this on ...
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How should I develop my coding ability in order to set myself up for a quant role? [closed]

First of all, I apologise if similar questions have already been asked; I've googled around but most similar questions aren't focused on developing specifically quant-friendly programming skills. I'm ...
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Questions related to Sharpe's return-based style analysis

I have been reading about Sharpe's return-based style analysis, which tries to determine the manager's exposure/effective asset mix to changes in the values of the asset classes. It does so by using ...
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What is the principle of determining an arbitrary option price

First I want to talk about one of my wrong ways of pricing an European call option. When I consider the simplest case of European call option, the first idea of determining the price is to calculate ...
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How to understand the following brownian integral using Fubini's method?

I am a little bit stucked with the following integral process, using Fubini's method, this is an intermediate step of short rate Merton Model. $\int_{t}^{T} W(s)ds=\int_{0}^{\hat {T}}ds\int_{0}^{s}...
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Java platform/lib widely use in industry

I am currently switching from Java dev to quant and for my self-study I want to code a few auto-trading algorithms to get my hands on the subject. Are there any must know platforms/libs that I should ...
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Newbie Quant: Bulding price feeder to securities master db

First of all, warm hello to all. I am newbie and i admit it, but with at least 15+ years of exp in C++. Working in IB - derivatives mainly, but unfortunately on the business side not trading at all. ...
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What are the possible topics of quantitative research in M&A?

I'm genuinely interested in Quantitative Finance, mostly volatility (e.g. Realized Volatility (MSRV, Realized Kernel), VaR based on GARCH under higher order conditional moment dynamics, etc) or just ...
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The meaning of risk-neutral pricing?

Assume that the underlying $S$ is some index, hence the risk-return $\mu=0$, where $S$ meets $$d S = \sigma S d W_t.$$ Let $V$ denote the price of the corresponding call option. To construct the ...
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Supertrend indicator formula

Recently i am working on an indicator called "Supertrend", however i am a hard time to get the right value. The formula ...
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Functional Analysis or Ordinary Differential Equations? [closed]

I am a current undergraduate and will be looking to apply to Quant Programs next year. This semester I have the choice between selecting Functional Analysis and Ordinary Differential Equations. I have ...
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Recommendations on Quant Study Path

Hello, I'm looking for suggestions and tweaks to my study plan. I'm planning to go down the list, and I hope to finish all of this in 2-3 years. For Starters Some general college level statistics ...
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What is the intuition to believe that a properly designed option can be dynamically hedged (just for the 1 stock case)?

I would always presume that the portfolio consists of 1 stock and 1 risk-free asset. And that the $r, \alpha,\sigma$ are all non-zero, but might be time-dependent. When I say "any" option, I am ...
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FIX engines comparison

Need help, looking for some comparison between c++ FIX engines, like onixs, antenna and some fpga solutions. If anyone has experienced some of the named engines also would like to hear the ...
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Toxic FX Flow - how to avoid it [duplicate]

So, basically i want to debate and find out the real reason behind being flag by ECNs and venues as "toxic". How to avoid being flag? What kind of strategies are toxic and why? Below is an article ...
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Do quants need to know bloomberg terminal and VBA? [closed]

I am a Pure Maths PhD student who will graduate in 2 years time. My aim is to land a quant job after gradauation. When collecting more information so that I can have some edges over others, I heard ...
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Is there any public data to get OIS for differal time (1d, 1W, 1M, …, 10Y)?

I want to get data of Overnight Index Swap, also known as OIS rate, there is any public why to get this always from yesterday? For example, I want to get EFFR(Effective Federal Funds Rate), I can get ...
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Subset selection to identify independent variables that impact the market?

Given a lot of market-related features (~100 independent variables such as emerging market, developed market, s&p 500, tech sector returns, etc), I need to select a subset of them that are ideally ...
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Security Analysis By Benjamin Graham Example Doubt [closed]

So I was reading (trying to read) Security Analysis by Graham and I came across this example ("Example 1" in the image attached below) Being the noob at finance and quant that I am, I was unable to ...
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What are quant trading competitions besides IQC?

I am interested to participate quantitative trading competitions. I am residing in Singapore. The only quant trading competitions that I know are International Quant Championship (IQC) and SMU ...